Shockwave was developed by the company Macromedia in the final quarter of 1995. The technology allows users to create interactive games and applications for visitors of websites to utilize and enjoy without the complications of downloading and installing.
Shockwave technology allows for the creation of deep, versatile environments for Internet users to interact within.
The main drawback of using Shockwave is that it requires the visitor to install additional software for it to function. The additional pieces of software required are referred to as "plug-ins," and typically include Active-X controls.
It is most beneficial for website owners to utilize Shockwave for applications that require detailed navigation. Shockwave has also proven beneficial for creating interactive testing and training courses.
Creating Shockwave files requires the program Director. Games and applications are created in Director and later compressed into the smaller Shockwave file size.